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Friday, October 27, 2006
For Immediate Release

( Seattle) – With deep regret, The Empty Space Board of Directors announced today that The Empty Space Theatre will cease operations effective immediately.

The Empty Space has enjoyed a rich and extraordinary history, producing work that has had a lasting impact on American Theatre. Thank you to all the artists, donors, volunteers, and, of course, audience members who have supported The Empty Space with such tenacity and generosity .

Unfortunately, The Empty Space does not have the financing needed to manage cash flow over the coming months. In January 2006 we completed a successful move to the new Jeanne Marie and Rhoady Lee Center for the Performing Arts at Seattle University. We produced two shows in our new home; both Bust and Louis Slotin Sonata were critical and popular successes. However, while we anticipated reaching breakeven in 2007, efforts by the board to secure donations or other forms of financing to bridge the interim period have not been successful, and the board is deeply saddened to take this necessary step.

“We’re very disappointed to be taking this step,” said Erik Blachford, Chair of the Board. “We appreciate the support we have had from the community and we regret that the board is unable to raise the funds necessary to continue.”

For 36 years The Empty Space has made a commitment to Seattle artists and new work. “We’re incredibly proud to have introduced new playwrights to Seattle, to have nurtured local artists and to have produced shows of lasting impact,” said Allison Narver, Artistic Director. “Founded in 1971, The Empty Space has become a home for bold, provocative, and celebratory new work. While I am deeply saddened by the Board’s decision we are profoundly grateful to the many subscribers, artists, volunteers, staff members, interns, and audience members who have supported us with such loyalty and passion for so many years.”

Media Contacts:
Allison Narver , Artistic Director (206) 898 6656
Melanie Matthews , Managing Director (206) 427 2390
Erik Blachford, Board Chair (206) 605 9172




Allison Narver
Artistic Director
(206) 898 6656

Melanie Matthews
Managing Director
(206) 427 2390

Erik Blachford
Board Chair
(206) 605 9172

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